Catch up on all the latest news in and around your neighborhood. From blackberry picking to high-tech gaming to public parks, the cities throughout Dallas-Fort Worth have something to offer residents and visitors alike. See the nine stories below.

Lewisville wants to place parks within 10-minute walk of every resident

The plan, also referred to as Explore More Lewisville, is a 10-year action plan that will guide a variety of parks and recreation projects. One of the plan’s focal points is to set a new standard for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, according to Lewisville Mayor TJ Gilmore.

Read the full story by Reporter Destine Gibson.

Activate Games bring high-tech, physical gaming experience to Plano

Owner Bryce Anderson called Activate Games “a new way to play.” The business offers a large variety of high-tech games that blend digital and physical activities, and players' scores are tracked using an electronic wristband.

Read the full story by Editor Michael Crouchley.

MTU Maintenance Dallas Inc. to relocate from Grapevine to Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport

Aircraft engine manufacturer MTU Maintenance Dallas, Inc. is relocating to a new, 430,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility at Perot Field Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The move will give the company expanded space and allow for on-site engine testing.

Read the full story by Reporter Mark Fadden.

Former McKinney restaurant Bill Smith’s Cafe to reopen in Van Alstyne

After closing its east McKinney location, which had served the community for 66 years, Bill Smith’s Cafe plans to reopen the former McKinney restaurant in downtown Van Alstyne. The cafe’s new location at 233 E. Jefferson St., Van Alstyne, is under construction by property owner Billy Turner to remodel the location and incorporate an outdoor dining area for the restaurant.

Read the full story by Reporter Shelbie Hamilton.

Code Wiz to help future engineers in Keller discover their passion

Code Wiz, a national child education franchise committed to transforming the way kids engage with technology, will open in its newest location on May 21 at 790 S. Main St., Ste. 409, in Keller. Code Wiz has three different learning paths which include game design, fundamental coding and robotics.

Read the full story by Reporter Mark Fadden.

Sunset Trail Farm to bring blackberry picking to north McKinney

Sunset Trail Farm, a new “you-pick” blackberry farm, plans to open in late May at 1794 Sunset Trail. The farm offers 2 1/2 acres of blackberries, which are thornless and grown organically. Reservations are required to visit the farm, and guests can purchase their blackberries by the pound or by the bucket.

Read the full story by Reporter Shelbie Hamilton.

Frisco taps into new revenue through breweries

Until 2018, businesses such as brewpubs, breweries, wineries and distilleries were not allowed to operate within Frisco city limits due to city ordinances restricting alcohol sales. In the years since, those businesses have begun to make an appearance across the city with three breweries slated to open in 2023 and 2024.

Read the full story by Reporter Alex Reece.

Dallas designates $500K to upskill residents affected by COVID-19

The city of Dallas plans to offer job training to residents who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 through a new initiative called the Upskilling Dallas Program. The program aims to support employment opportunities and cultivate a qualified local workforce.

Read the full story by Reporter Cecilia Lenzen.

Gorjana brings Southern California-style jewelry to Southlake Town Square

Laguna Beach-based jewelry brand Gorjana opened its second Dallas-Fort Worth location April 28 in Southlake Town Square. The store will bring Southern California to life with its coastal bungalow-inspired store, the release stated. Southlake’s location will offer in-store pickup and personal styling advice to its customers.

Read the full story by Reporter Hannah Johnson.